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Environmental series to focus on sustainability in higher education

Next guest speaker for Alfred University’s fall semester Environmental Studies Seminar Series will be Julian Dautremont-Smith, chief sustainability officer at Alfred State College, presenting “The Critical Role of Higher Education in the Transition to Sustainability.” The discussion will take place on Friday, Nov. 9 at 12:20 p.m. in Roon Lecture Hall (room 247) located in Alfred University’s Science Center.

Dautremont-Smith received his bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR. During his undergraduate studies he served on the Sustainability Council and led the successful effort to make Lewis and Clark the first American college to comply with greenhouse gas emissions reductions as set forth in the Kyoto Protocol. After graduation, he continued his education, earning an MBA and master of science degrees in natural resources and the environment from the University of Michigan.

As a co-founder and former associate director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Dautremont-Smith was a leader in the establishment of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS).

Dautremont-Smith also co-founded an enterprise which produces biodiesel in Barbados while studying there on a Fulbright Scholarship.

The Environmental Studies Seminar series at Alfred University is held every Friday during the fall semester when the University is in session.

Sponsored by the Division of Environmental Studies within Alfred University’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the series brings a range of speakers to the campus, including scientists, activists, and policy-makers, with the mission to better understand our environment and what we can do better to sustain our world.